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Old 11-27-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Iím sure this has been discussed in the past but wasnít able to locate threads. So, here goes........... is there a secret to assure that the floor protectors remain in place when bringing in the FWS. We have a tough, or frustrating time, assuring they are in place when the slide comes in. Is there a substitute material that people have used instead of the protectors that came with the coach.




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The discussions I have seen the pads hook over lip of floor edge and some people line up to marks they place on floor for location of placement.
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The protectors were a good try.........But, a swing and a miss! They end up causing more grief than the problem they were designed for. Non-skid place mats work far better in the long run.

Protecting the tiles is an important thing. If you do not use anything there is a good possibility that the surface will be damaged over time. With protect, less noticeable wear will be visible.

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I tried silicone beads on mine, like little BB's in the corners. Worked well until those came off. Tried carpet thingymabobs that go on the corners, didn't work so well. For the most part I don't have a problem but I'm still looking for a solution.
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Iím sure this has been discussed in the past but wasnít able to locate threads. So, here goes........... is there a secret to assure that the floor protectors remain in place when bringing in the FWS. We have a tough, or frustrating time, assuring they are in place when the slide comes in. Is there a substitute material that people have used instead of the protectors that came with the coach.
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Now our Dealer told us(my Wife) to take a swifter and go over the floor just before we (me) get ready to bring in the slides...that it is the dirt that remains on the floor with the slide rollers that cause the damage...and the owner and his sons regularly go out in their motorhome and this is what they found to work well
So,we have owned our MADP for 8 months now and it has worked....no damage to the floor we can see and boy,is there some dirt on the swifter...Chuck R
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We have had several move when slide comes in and it will eventually break the lip. I took a tip from another member; cut off the broken lip, heat up the new edge & form a new lip. Except I make new lip a little more generous & so far they hold better than when new.
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I had to deal with this problem on our current trip. Before we left, I had to bend new lips on 7-8 protectors. As of today, 3 of them broke again. One got pulled in and got stuck half way under the slide.. it was a job to take it out. Part of the problem I think is the slippery material on the bottom of the protectors. Next thing when I get home, I will pull it off and replace it with 3M adhesive non slip rubber tape and bend new wider lips on them.
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Buly, you may have a good point if the pads in question keep slipping on tile floors a non slip tape may work for you and keep lip of floor pad from ripping off.
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When we had our 15 DS brought FWS in about a inch. Then starting in back lifted carpet and could see where each roller was located. Placed mark under carpet, so roller would be on pad. After breaking a few, went to metal shop and had them duplicate in aluminum. I then cleaned the bottom, sprayed adhesive and placed thin rubber on bottom, as I did one the wife using scissors cut off the excess. Never had a problem after that. Total cost was $200
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It took us a while to figure out how to efficiently deploy the floor protectors.

1. Start the slide in until the rollers have just started rolling on to the edge of the floor.

2. Place the floor protectors such that they are at a slight angle to the roller (10 degrees). Essentially, we're sticking one corner of the floor protector under the roller at about the midpoint of the roller.

The corner is easier for the roller to roll over and tends to not "push" the protector. The angle is such to ensure the roller is fully supported by the protector when the slide is fully retracted.

About 90% of the time all 10 floor-protectors grab and hold the first time.

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When we had our 15 DS brought FWS in about a inch. Then starting in back lifted carpet and could see where each roller was located. Placed mark under carpet, so roller would be on pad. After breaking a few, went to metal shop and had them duplicate in aluminum. I then cleaned the bottom, sprayed adhesive and placed thin rubber on bottom, as I did one the wife using scissors cut off the excess. Never had a problem after that. Total cost was $200


Lake buster, it crossed my mind using aluminum, but I thought it is too soft and soon will start looking beat up?
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I wonder if that silicone baking sheet would work? Cut into strips.
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We recently had wood floors installed. The recommendation was cheap vinyl floor strip, after Swiffer,
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Lake buster, it crossed my mind using aluminum, but I thought it is too soft and soon will start looking beat up?


I made aluminum floor protectors after installing hardwood. Painted backside with liquid rubber to keep them from sliding.
Used aluminum to prevent anything from telegraphing through.
A couple things I noticed on our coach.
1. There is a lot of debris that gathers down in the ramp area getting it clean is a chore and seems to continually replenish.
2. When the slide starts going in or out and the wind is blowing outside considerable dirt can be blown in when the slide moves off the seal on the bottom. So no matter how clean it was when you start moving the slide the chance of more dirt blowing in is a risk.
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